Recount In Va. Attorney General's Race Could Cost the Commonwealth

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) The results from the attorney general's race are still up in the air. The candidates are within a percentage point of each other which makes a recount likely.

Early Wednesday, Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring were .001 percentage point from each other in votes. Herring was in the lead.

By Wednesday night, Mark Obenshain was in the lead by more than 600 votes.

"The fact is Obenshain ran a very different campaign. He ran a campaign on personality, his family," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a political analyst at James Madison University.

Roberts said Obenshain's campaign style helped him distinguish himself from his Republican colleagues on the ticket.

"He had to do it in order to have any chance of winning and equally important, the attorney general position is a very different position," said Dr. Roberts.

Republicans have held the position since 1994.

"The State Board of Elections has a meeting scheduled on November 25, 2013 at which it plans to certify the election," said Nikki Sheridan who is a Confidential Policy Advisor with the State Board of Elections.

After November 25, the losing candidate can call for a recount if he loses by a margin equal or less than one percent of the total votes.

Sheridan said if there is a recount, it could be a couple months before we know who wins.

"It's really under the jurisdiction of the city of Richmond and that becomes a legal process at that time," said Sheridan.

The cost of the recount could be picked up by the state, but only if the margin between the two candidates is within one half of one percent.

Sheridan expects the votes to continue fluctuating until noon on Friday. That's the deadline for voters to show a proper ID with their provisional ballots.

If Herring does win, it would mean Democrats captured all three major races: governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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